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New Wednesday Thing + how do you stop sugar cravings?

Welcome to the NEW Q&A Wednesday which will now be known as the Bad Yogi Show!

For 2018, I’m tweaking the format just a little bit.

Sometimes last year I wished I could put out something slightly different, but wasn’t sure how to fit it in without bombarding you with emails. So this year, I’ll be using Wednesdays to release episodes of what I’m calling the Bad Yogi Show. Some weeks it’ll be a good ol’ fashioned Q&A, others will be a sort of video op-ed on a topic in the yoga & wellness worlds, the occasional vlog, and other times just something funny.

I hope each week brings you something you can learn from or be inspired or entertained by. I believe yoga and the yoga lifestyle doesn’t have to be serious all the time (duh) and I also believe it encompasses more than just our time on the mat. So that’s the thought process behind this little change 🙂

This week, though, is actually a Q&A! I wanted to talk about how to manage sugar cravings since many of you are joining me for this month’s sugar-free challenge 🙂

Enjoy!

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    Petra De Coene

    January 10, 2018 at 6:22 am

    I find that warm drinks help stop my sugarcraving.
    Making myself a thermos each morning and adding a few bits of liquorice .

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      Erin Motz

      January 10, 2018 at 11:14 am

      hate licorice but LOVE hot teas! reminds me that i need to get some nice, strong, spicy teas to curb those cravings!

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    Ayala

    January 10, 2018 at 6:36 am

    I’m swapping all your advice for salt. 🙂 Buttery popcorn, cheese and crisps are my kryptonite. Good luck to us all!

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      Erin Motz

      January 10, 2018 at 11:15 am

      funny! since i gave up sugar, my new kryptonite is potato chips! UGH all i want is to eat a whole sleeve of pringles, lol!

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    Melanie Gibson

    January 10, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I’ve found some great recipes that use just mashed bananas as sweetener or you only need to add a little bit rather than a whole cup, but I don’t buy the idea of just using maple syrup or honey. The argument is usually that they are more natural and organic, but they still break down into sugar in your body faster than a lot of other things and keep up that need for another sweet fix. I am also a big fan of tea, whether it be black, green, or herbal – because it comes in such yummy, calorie and sugar free (unless you add a lot of stuff to it) flavors that it can help satisfy that craving for something decadent.

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      Erin Motz

      January 10, 2018 at 11:16 am

      i actually just found a muffin recipe that uses bananas instead of any sugar and almond meal instead of flour. i’m gonna try it out this week!

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    Niki

    January 10, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Haha I just was getting myself some nuts (want to eat less salts as well and some nuts had choc on it) while listening to your post. I already ate a few, then went to the kitchen again for tea and sparkling water, thats when you gave the tip about the water. Haha guess you are right then 🙂 i leave the nuts in the kitchen now for 20mins or more i guess 😉

    I try not to go for sweet intermezzo’s now. The only thing i’m not letting go of is my chocolate cruesli for breakfast, it contains lots of suger but is the only thing i want for breakfast now. Okay maybe i’ll exchange it now and then for some fruit 😉

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    Jessi

    January 10, 2018 at 10:04 am

    I found a really great ginger & turmeric tea that’s naturally sweet so I’m trying to replace the bad-(sugar)-craving-after-dinner habit with a new good habit. I also learned sometime in the last year that we crave sweets when we’re dehydrated and I’ve noticed that seems to be true for me. Last thing! I took your advice and made water the first thing I drink in the morning (instead of my usual coffee.) I definitely feel better and drink more water throughout the day when I do that! So a big thank you for that kick in the pants!

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    Heather

    January 10, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I’m loving it! I was crazy sick for the first week of the new year, so I was having a dash of honey in my tea to soothe my throat. Besides that, it’s been going really well! I have always had a giant sugar tooth, so it’s nice to know that I don’t have to listen to it all the time. Of course, I will always want sugar, but it’s not an uncontrollable craving anymore. My goal this year is to lose the extra baby weight I just can’t get rid of. So, this no sugar January is the perfect start.

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    Cassondra

    January 10, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Today, one week in, i just really REALLY want a cinnamon roll!!!!!! Other than that, and a slightly quick to irritate partner (he’s doing fine but no sugar has made him a little monster) we’re doing great!

    We really want to keep going at least in part. We’re going on vacation to Texas in February so I can’t not have barbecue sauce on everything! But we’re really appreciating being conscious of sugar, and likely when we’re back we’ll get back too it in some form or another.

    When you posted first about going sugar free I remember commenting that I wanted to join but I was SURE I’d fail. Now I’m so glad I took a leap and challenged myself because I feel great. And I’m proud of myself. Thx Erin, as always!

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    Meg

    January 11, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Fantastic! Check 1 Yoga Strategy To A Fast Metabolism: http://webink.cz/yogaburn

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    Roger . Dutchie

    January 11, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Ik ben diabeticer en suiker is finest voor mij .laats viel mijn zoetjes in de thee . Sindsdien gebruik ik honing groetjes dutchie.

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    Pála Margrét

    January 12, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Going sugarfree is so easy for me! It turns out that the more I do of these kind of things, the more disciplined I become. I have cravings to all kinds of things, and still, I know that I’m sticking with this. It’s one month. I can easily do that. And as I keep no sugar in my home, it’s simple, and I would never buy something sugary, as I’ve committed to this.

    Seriously, can’t believe how easy I am finding this. Complete commitment to this. And still, I lack the motivation to do it, as I go against setting these kinds of rules on my diet. I am all in for a healthy balance and eating what I feel like. At the same time, I find that this is a great way to spot my old habits around sugar and get rid of them. I should stop eating some kinds of sugar and this will help me get there. Thank you Erin!

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